The Big Brother Floater. Sweeping anecdotes aside, that one word “floater” now has more of a negative connotation than ever before. Actual floaters of the Big Brother game don’t even like to be referred to as a floater.
Why has the term “floater” become such a bad word? Why do floaters have to grab life vests? What does that even mean, actually, do we know? Am I supposed to grab a life vest and jump in the water or am I already in the water wearing a life vest and I’m supposed to just grab hold of it? Does it mean Rachel would try to drown me? Would I love to see her try? Wow. So many questions.
Everything and everybody floats in the Big Brother house. Even penises have been known to float into vaginas, and nipples into mouths, in the Big Brother house. It happens. To some degree you must float while living in a house with strangers, because these strangers may end up voting your way for a chunk of money.
So given my blanket statement that everyone floats at some point, what’s up with the term “floater”? The fact that there exists a floater means, by default, that there’s a non-floater too. One can’t exist without the other, so it’s stupid to condemn either party.
Don’t dislike floaters “because they’re floaters”, but you can dislike them for the kind of floaters they are. On a scale of “WTF did s/he do in the game?” being 1, to “How Jun Floated” being a 10, where does the floater-in-question fall? That is the question.
Some argue that Talla, from this Big Brother Canada season, falls in the 1-3 range on the floating scale. I believe someone like Shelly Moore from Big Brother 13 was getting closer to being a 10, and could woulda should hit jackpot. Then there’s everyone in-between, plus the physical competition beasts aka non-floaters.
Floating has nothing to do with the number alliances you have or the number of people you vote out, but everything to do with decision-making. Winning HOH or POV puts you automatically and publicly in a decision-making role, but there are proportionately more decisions being made less openly. Without getting into the Bermuda Triangle of Big Brother debates, or awakening any cat lady armies, I will say this:
While floating to where the power is, bad floaters are afraid to make their own decisions, and good floaters’ decisions are pre-meditated and executed making for better television anyway.
I don’t mind at all when someone calls me a “floater” because according to my Wikipedia page, I perfected the strategy. I don’t know about you, but Wikipedia and Google are my best online friends and I trust them implicitly. And just because recent floaters have fallen far below floating expectations doesn’t mean being a “floater” is a bad label. There are just better floaters than others.
I should know.